New year, new concepts: Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2021


Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies. The first term signifies antibody protection – those who completed the Covid-19 vaccine course. The second allows entry into the same exclusive new club – the vaccinated person who takes a selfie while engaged in the act. Happy new year. It’s all change in a global pandemic. Expect to see the … Continue reading “New year, new concepts: Digital vaccine passports. Vaxxies”

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Britain’s Conservative govt prepares budget worthy of Trump’s Republicans

by Rashmee

Posted on October 30, 2018


Hard not to applaud the British government’s eye-catching revenue-raising measure, one of very few in the new budget: a levy on larger tech companies, such as Google, Facebook and eBay. On Monday, October 29, British chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK was tired of waiting for an international agreement to target the tech giants and … Continue reading “Britain’s Conservative govt prepares budget worthy of Trump’s Republicans”

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Bitcoin is the new hawala — no more, no less

by Rashmee

Posted on January 8, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The Egyptians, Saudis, Turks and Lebanese are officially frowning on bitcoin, the cryp­tocurrency or elec­tronic form of money that almost no one but the very nerdy (or the very volatile) would seriously consider as an invest­ment. The Indians are similarly unimpressed, citing pretty much the same reasons as the Lebanese, namely that digital money carries … Continue reading “Bitcoin is the new hawala — no more, no less”

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In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2016


Politics as usual is no longer possible in the 21st century, The Economist recently wrote, referring to the technological virtual megaphone that people can now use to prevent being tuned out. Think Donald Trump. Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders. Revolution as usual too is no longer possible in the 21st century. It needs online crusaders, internet … Continue reading “In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible”

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Isil is losing ground on both digital and real battlefield. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2015


Here’s a bit of pre-Christmas cheer. Isil is losing ground. Literally and figuratively. So says The Economist anyway. It points to the loss of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the capture by Kurdish forces in Syria of oilfields west of Sinjar. The Iraqi city of Ramadi looks set to fall. Coalition strikes killed Abu Salah, the … Continue reading “Isil is losing ground on both digital and real battlefield. Here’s why”

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New digital information age has set us back 500 yrs, to town square rumour

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2015


In October 2013, Katherine Viner, who’s been appointed The Guardian’s new chief editor, described the changing contours of the information industry as follows: It’s gone from being fixed to free-flowing and in some ways the new, digital age is a regression. In “the post-print era, we are returning to an age when you’re as likely … Continue reading “New digital information age has set us back 500 yrs, to town square rumour”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK